The 5-0 Atlanta Falcons went on the road to the New Orleans Saints tonight and came away with their first loss of the season.
Far from being out played, the key fault in Atlanta's game came from their own incompetence as they continually turned the ball over.
A bad first loss
The Saints managed to save their season thanks to the 31-21 win as they now move to 2-4 while the Falcons are still riding relatively high on 5-1.
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The loss was sealed thanks to several turnovers by Atlanta despite quarterback Matt Ryan not actually throwing an interception.
Four fumbles and a blocked punt for a touchdown all contributed to a bad night for Atlanta.
Constant errors saw the Saints come away with the win tonight and the only constant for the Falcons was runningback DeVonta Freeman.
Freeman had another incredible night as he had one rushing and one receiving touchdown for a total of 156 yards.
He moves onto 10 touchdowns for the season and keeps his place amongst the top runningbacks in the league.
Found a new outlet
If Freeman was the star on the night for Atlanta, New Orleans found their own hero in tight-end Benjamin Watson.
Watson had a Jimmy Graham-like performance tonight for the Saints as he came away with 127 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Watson was instrumental to New Orleans' victory and emerged as the top receiver from either team.
All the pre-match talk was focused on Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and just how much of a part he was going to play.
Jones ended up playing the full match and coming away with 93 receiving yards despite him only having three catches in the second half.
Next up for both teams comes a difficult game as the Falcons face a trip to the Tennessee Titans, whose defense has allowed the fewest passing yards of any team in the NFL.
Meanwhile New Orleans also face a tough trip to the Indianapolis Colts who will be looking to give their season a kick start at home to the New England Patriots on Sunday night in a game that is already surrounded by controversy.
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